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  • Hello, everyone.

  • So it's great to be last a lot of fun back there in the green room.

  • And apparently the Swedish meatballs are really, really good.

  • So I promise I'm gonna get you outta here on time.

  • Thank you, Friends for being here.

  • Thank you.

  • Family.

  • A special shout out to my brother who traveled all the way here from Hawaii, if you can believe it, I love you all, and I will not be looking at you.

  • I promise you.

  • Um, thank you so much.

  • Thank you, Harrisburg.

  • Okay, I've got a story to tell you.

  • It's Monday morning, and I'm off to that weekly staff meeting.

  • You know, the one those two hours of your life that you can never get back over here.

  • We've got everyone rushing in late as usual, like chickens with their heads cut off.

  • They don't want to be here.

  • Over here.

  • We got a whole different thing going on.

  • It's like the zombie apocalypse glazed over individuals myself included.

  • We take our seats with our disorganized folders where chomping on our bagels where guzzling are turbo charged coffee.

  • Just trying to stay awake.

  • We're all waiting for the big boss to arrive.

  • The Monday morning time suck is about to begin, but then something different happens.

  • Our boss arrives, and she opens the meeting with a statement that will leave us speechless, she says.

  • I've just paid a record amount for the publishing rights to a book.

  • Siri's the first book must be, Ah, best seller.

  • Coffee slurping stops Bagel Chomping ceases its like that moment in the movies, where the music's Screeches to a halt and all of the action freezes.

  • Then there's this excitement in the room and my colleagues air talking to each other.

  • There's left or and I share none of that excitement, nothing.

  • I actually feel a huge sense of doom and gloom.

  • And then it happens.

  • My boss razors in on me and she says the words to confirm my dread.

  • And much of this will be on you.

  • Alan, my brain goes into overdrive, thinking about what will it take to make this a success?

  • All the discombobulated moving parts, the discord among the team, the dizzying demands, the reek, Gillis expectations, the crazy deadlines.

  • She hands us the manuscript and walks out.

  • Thanks a lot.

  • Shit.

  • My first thought is it looks like another really boring manuscript to another kid's book, and my second thought is It is way too long to read.

  • It's now Friday.

  • I've had a particularly crappy week because the boss is on me about the book and about the book and about the book.

  • So I know that this weekend I've got to read the book because on Monday I am expected to rally the team.

  • So what do I do?

  • I must leave it on the subway.

  • I get home, and now my plan is to avoid reading the book as long as I possibly can.

  • So I put it on the coffee table and I move into the living room table.

  • It put it back the title page searing, Ah, hole in the back of my head.

  • I stare back at it continues to follow me around them.

  • I'm praying that the dog eats it.

  • It's now Sunday at midnight.

  • I can not put this off any longer.

  • I go to the couch, I open the book and start reading.

  • It's now 5 a.m. I've been up all night.

  • I couldn't put it down.

  • The book that we were handed on that fateful Monday morning was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

  • I look at my watch.

  • I'm gonna be late.

  • I raced to the subway.

  • I pushed my way into the subway.

  • I can't find a seat.

  • I'm disheveled.

  • I'm exhausted.

  • I'm wearing the same clothes that I wore yesterday.

  • I think I actually forgot to brush my teeth.

  • All I can hear our loud New Yorkers and a boom box.

  • And now my brain goes into overdrive again.

  • How are we gonna pull this off?

  • How is this mostly dysfunctional team ever going to be successful?

  • We don't have the current models to make this work and how we currently work together stinks.

  • Then I start thinking, Who am I kidding?

  • I don't know what I'm doing.

  • This is a recipe for disaster.

  • This is a formula for failure.

  • I'm gonna get fired.

  • I am completely out of my league.

  • My brain is empty.

  • All I can hear is the conductor announcing the next stop passengers coming on and getting off the subway.

  • My brand wanders and I started thinking about the book that I just read and the amazing characters that I've just met and their challenges and these beautiful adventures this beautiful story, and suddenly I have this epiphany and it's rising up from me.

  • It's not coming from my head.

  • It's coming from this much deeper place.

  • This is not just about selling books.

  • This is about getting kids to read great books of fiction books that helped them imagine better books that make them curious that challenge them and particularly boys reluctant boy readers.

  • Getting them to read for fun not just is a chore that's handed to them by their teachers, where their parents but next.

  • I have another epiphany, and it's far more personal.

  • This is something I want to do.

  • This is not a have to.

  • This is not a sure passed to me by my boss.

  • This is something I want.

  • I get off the subway and for the first time, I'm excited to get to work, to rally the team.

  • And what I met with there to this day still kind of blows my mind.

  • Those on the team who had read the book over the weekend, like I they all have the same epiphany.

  • Shared purpose had found us.

  • So what is this thing?

  • Shared purpose, and what does it have to do with chaos.

  • Shared purpose is a clear definition of value that tells the world and ourselves not just what we do but why it matters.

  • It helps us endure the discomfort that often comes with chaos, and it helps reduce our sense of threat and uncertainty by literally changing the way that our brain responds.

  • Neuroscience has shown that a shared purpose has an uncanny way of overriding the brain's fight or flight response, remembering me on the subway that day, creating all of that internal tails.

  • So let's talk about chaos for a second.

  • So let's think of chaos, my traffic, you know, you're in traffic in your honking the horn and you're ticked off.

  • You're not getting anywhere.

  • Realized this.

  • You are the traffic honking, the horn, flipping the bird, just adding to the stress.

  • Now, maybe some of you right now are experiencing that in your lives, your professional or personal lives.

  • You're sitting in that metaphorical traffic jam irritated because you're not moving.

  • What if you thought about shared purpose as your GPS and you could just put in the coordinates, set the destination, and no matter what you're hit with, it'll keep you on course.

  • because here's the thing.

  • Chaos is inevitable.

  • How we respond to it is not.

  • We can either add to the chaos, just make it more stressful, or we can choose to navigate it.

  • Best way to move through chaos, connection to shared purpose because when chaos comes into your life and it will shared purpose has a magical property to cut right through it.

  • So the other evening I had the pleasure of seeing a Broadway musical called Come From Away and Come From Away tells the story of the chaos that ensued on 9 11 when 30 four planes were diverted.

  • They were on their way to the United States, but they were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland.

  • That's a pretty extraordinary story.

  • Simultaneously, the FAA ordered down 4200 planes at the same time to land in the United States.

  • Let me say that again 4200 planes were ordered to land at the same time.

  • This had never been done.

  • This was unimaginable through that sense of shared purpose.

  • Air flight controllers were able to do the impossible, bringing all those planes down safely and swiftly.

  • Now a shared purpose can help us navigate the chaos in our personal lives as well.

  • Several years back, my home was devastated.

  • In Hurricane Irene, we experienced every kind of chaos imaginable.

  • The loss of personal property, loss of cherished possessions, the red tape and the bureaucracy and the stress.

  • Any of that could have sidelined us personally and our community.

  • But it didn't our shared purpose to rebuild that community, to bring each other up was all that was necessary to help us repair after that storm's punishing destruction.

  • So think about it.

  • Air traffic controllers, teachers, therapists, emergency room positions are married to one.

  • They're callings their day to day, moment to moment lives.

  • Professional lives are chaos.

  • Shared purpose helps them navigate that chaos, and it also provides an antidote to the chronic stress that they experience.

  • So what happens if you don't have a shared purpose?

  • Well, life can feel pretty lonely, pretty isolating.

  • 71% of millennials report feeling not engaged with their work and worse, actively disengaged.

  • And that's not just millennials.

  • I'm sure that many of you out there don't feel connected to your work now or we're in jobs that you didn't feel connected to.

  • I see this all the time is an executive coach in my own practice.

  • But what if you could find meaning from your work?

  • Everything would change, right?

  • Article in the Harvard Business Review reported that people who do find meaning in their work or twice more satisfied with our work and three times more satisfied to stay.

  • That's pretty awesome.

  • And that is not just a statistical mumbo jumbo.

  • That was me.

  • I'm living proof.

  • 25 years ago, I was not connected to my work.

  • I was just kind of checking the boxes.

  • I was kind of numb, stressed out, just just calling it in.

  • It wasn't until my experience with Harry Potter that I felt connected to something more important than myself.

  • Something more important than just to pay checked something more important than my anxiety and those on the Harry Potter team.

  • Well, we found that shared purpose will get us through some of the most difficult times, and there were a lot of them.

  • So let me tell you, right, so this is long.

  • Harry Potter was not an overnight success.

  • This was long before Harry Potter movies and Harry Potter theme parks and Harry Potter Broadway shows.

  • Chaos was pretty much an everyday occurrence, moving huge volumes of books across the country, something that hadn't been done before with the Children's book creating marketing before social media.

  • There was no social media but for me on those tough days when I wanted to just throw in the towel when I really felt like just giving Ott for quitting.

  • What I would do is I would take myself to one of those Harry Potter midnight book parties, and I would get to see the faces of young people getting their copy of a Harry Potter book right out of the box.

  • That was all I needed to reconnect me to my sense of purpose.

  • I'm still amazed two decades later how it's hardly a day that goes by that I'm not that I don't meet someone who's says that their life was impacted by Harry Potter recently, Ah, high school friend of buying reached out to me to tell me her Harry Potter story.

  • She told me that she met her son Eric, when he was nine years old, living in an orphanage, and it was lights out at 8 p.m. And he would read his latest Harry Potter book under the sheets with a flashlight.

  • And he says that Harry Potter got him through that chaotic time living in an orphanage, and it helped him imagine a brighter future, she said.

  • Harry Potter saved his life.

  • What we set out to do over two decades ago was to get kids reading great books of fiction.

  • What has happened has surpassed any of our wildest dreams.

  • Perhaps J.

  • K Rolling said it best.

  • We do not need magic to transform our world.

  • We carry all the power we need inside ourselves.

  • Already, J.

  • K Rolling could just as easily have been talking about shared purpose as that magical property that we have inside of ourselves to get through even the most difficult times.

  • I want to leave you with a question.

  • Will you let chaos spring you down or will you find a shared purpose to help you find your way?

  • Thank you.

Hello, everyone.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/04
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